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Sometime in October
We sailed from New England's shore
When we sailed into a raging storm
Like I've never ever seen before
And all of the crew, they were brave men
But the captain, he was braver
He said: "Never mind the ship, me boys
There's none of us here can save her"

Chorus:
Let her go down
Swim for your lives
Swim for your children
Swim for your wives
But let her go down
Just let her go down

Lost in the open ocean
There were some of the crew and me
While the captain steered our wounded ship
To the bottom of an angry sea
And with his dying breath we all heard him say
"Just the fortunes of a sailor"
And he said: "Never mind the ship, me boys
There's none of us here can save her"

Chorus

He wondered if his shipmates
Were ready just to pray and give in
So he called their names out one by one
But there was no-one else around but him
He saw the ship go down in the fading light
And he knew they couldn't save her
He said: "The captain lied when the captain cried
There's none of us here can save her"

Chorus

(English sea shanty -- original author unknown)

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